In 2016, we started the build of “Pellew” . Shes is a realisation of one of Luke’s dreams which was to recreate a modern version of the Falmouth pilot cutter No.8 “Vincent”. She was one of the longest-surviving and best-documented of the cutters, built in 1852 for the Vincent family of St Mawes.
She worked successfully for 70 years until being retired in 1922, ending her days as a houseboat at Freshwater on the Percuil River.
(c) Royal Albert Memorial Museum; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Why the name “Pellew”?
Admiral Edward Pellew, 1st Viscount Exmouth, was the son of a Cornish packet captain who died when Edward was young, leaving the family impoverished. Edward, aged 14, ran away to sea from Truro Grammar School. Showing great daring and ability in the American War of Independence, he rose through the ranks. In the Napoleonic Wars he became the greatest frigate captain of all time. Based at Flushing across the waters from Falmouth would sail to to attack the French, capturing and bringing home enemy frigates as prizes. He showed great humanity to both his crew and the enemy, becoming good friends with the French captains he fought.
She is being built to the highest sea going standards with watertight bulkheads and all the equipment to sail the oceans of the world. Bound for a life a charter boat it is our plan that she will sail with both Adult and young people onboard.